The CEV Continental Cup, where the countries that will participate in the Tokyo Olympics in beach volleyball will be determined, will be held in İnciraltı, hosted by İzmir Metropolitan Municipality, between May 6-9.
Hosting the BVA Balkan Beach Volleyball Championship first and then the European U22 and U18 Beach Volleyball Championship in the last two years, İzmir also organizes the CEV Continental Cup. The CEV Continental Cup, which is the second round of European Continental Qualification for Tokyo Olympics between 23 July and 8 August, will be organized by Izmir Metropolitan Municipality. The giant organization between May 6-9 will be held in İnciraltı Sports Facilities in accordance with pandemic rules.
A total of 16 teams for men and women
In women, Serbia, Slovenia, Poland, Greece, Finland, Czechia and Belarus, in men, Slovenia, Lithuania, Italy, Hungary, Latvia, Estonia and England will compete in addition to Turkey. Countries that completed their groups in the top five in the CEV Continental Cup, which will feature a total of 64 athletes, will receive the final ticket. The finals will be held in the Netherlands in June.
Europe's elite volleyball players are coming
Hakan Orhunbilge, Head of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Youth and Sports Department, emphasized that Izmir has 652 kilometers of coastline and that it is located in a very convenient location for water and beach sports and said, “We crown the process that started with the Balkan and European Beach Volleyball Championship with the Continental Cup. We organize international events unseen in the history of Izmir, including MarathonIzmir. We are happy to host the elite beach volleyball players of Europe, ”he said.
Beach volleyball will be emphasized
Stating that they adopted the principle of using the geographical advantages of İzmir in the most efficient way, Orhunbilge said, “Our President Tunç Soyer has determined a vision that wants us to focus on water sports, especially beach sports. We will make positive discrimination for beach sports in the upcoming periods. İzmir is already a very important tourism destination and its recognition will increase even more with international tournaments. "If we can bring the European Beach Games to Izmir, we will have taken another very important step."
There is the European Championship in July
Izmir Metropolitan Belediyespor President Ersan Odaman underlined that the CEV Continental Cup is a very important organization in the international arena, “Athletes who are ranked in Izmir will, in a sense, participate in the Tokyo Olympics. Tokyo road will pass through Izmir. In July, we will host the U20 European Beach Volleyball Championship in our city. Thank you to our Turkish Volleyball Federation, which is in good cooperation with us.
We have a good cooperation with Izmir
Turkish Volleyball Federation Vice President Responsible for Leagues Ahmet Göksu gave the good news that they are planning to organize very good events in Izmir and said, “Our President Mehmet Akif Üstündağ has a saying (Volleyball is Everywhere). In line with this slogan, we ensure that volleyball is everywhere. İzmir has an important advantage in every aspect. It proved its success with three important championships. We have achieved a harmonious cooperation with the Metropolitan Municipality and we are continuing it ”.
IzmurTube and live broadcast from CEV
Turkish Volleyball Federation Beach and Snow Volleyball Director Oğuz Dermenci stated that 14 teams from 16 different countries will compete and said, “Beach volleyball is one of the rare branches in which our country maintains the chance of the Olympics in team sports. The championship will start with the women's series on May 6th. The boys will play their first match on Friday, May 7. Semifinals and finals both in IzmirTube, as well as CEV's Youtube "It will be broadcast live on the TV channel and will be promoting Izmir worldwide".
Destination Tokyo Olympics
Beach Volleyball Women's National Team Coach Sakıp Karalı stated that they will meet with strong rivals but they had a good preparation period, emphasizing that "I wish we could play in front of thousands of spectators like BVA Balkan Beach Volleyball even if there was no pandemic", while Beach Volleyball National Team Coach Adem Mert said, "Greece We passed the first stage in. "We are at home now and we will leave here with a good result and go to the finals in the Netherlands and Tokyo," he said.